2013 - January 2013

HBC supports Construction4Growth summit – 21/01/13

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Henry Boot Construction’s Managing Director attended the Construction4Growth Downing Street summit recently, as part of the call for greater investment in construction to help drive growth and create jobs.

Simon Carr was one of twenty top industry figures who met with the Skills Minister and the Government’s Chief Construction Adviser to discuss ways of boosting the industry.

The delegation, part of the Construction4Growth campaign led by CITB-ConstructionSkills, met with Mathew Hancock and Peter Hansford at 11 Downing Street to discuss a ten-point plan that put forward realistic and achievable ways of improving construction output, calling for the Government to:

  • Quickly invest in shovel-ready projects such as the repair and maintenance of roads, housing, schools and hospitals
  • Empower local authorities to drive growth through construction by lifting borrowing caps on their Housing Revenue Accounts
  • Help to unlock future construction talent by requiring teacher- training courses to include an awareness raising programme for teachers on vocational careers and training opportunities for young people
  • Maintain construction apprenticeships as the ‘Gold Standard’ by introducing flexible apprenticeship contracts that allow those aged 19 or over to progress to higher qualification levels without losing funding

The meeting was chaired by James Wates of CITB ConstructionSkills, with delegates from the UK Contractors Group, the National Federation of Builders, the CBI and other key industry groups.

“The Downing Street meeting was a great opportunity to put forward our ideas to the Government. We believe that these measures, if implemented, would have a major positive impact on the UK economy as a whole. The key thing is we need to act now and move forward with a joined-up effort to ensure the construction industry can play its full part in the economic recovery.”

Simon Carr, Managing Director, Henry Boot Construction

For more information contact:

Steve Allen
Business Development Manager
sallen@henryboot.co.uk